To begin with, she hand-crafted a card for her friend, whose birthday is tomorrow. The illustrations are complete with a picture of Madeleine and her friend in what appear to be penis-hats:
Even more enticing are the wiggly little
I bet her friend is going to love this masterpiece.
Later in the day, Madeleine launched right into a music lesson, in which she taught herself how to play the pennywhistle. And by taught herself, I mean she blew with all her might into the pennywhistle over and over again, emitting the exact same shrill, high-pitched shriek for about 30 minutes straight. Now, she didn't JUST wail on the penny whistle non-stop, of course. She stopped to make really important comments, like, "Mama! Did you hear me practicing my FLUTE? I was playing 'The Big House!" ("The Big House," a song from the movie we recently saw, "Muppets Most Wanted," does actually have more of a melody than one repeated pitch ad nauseum, but I guess Madeleine doesn't seem to realize that.)
The pennywhistle fun continued as I started cooking dinner and Julia sat down to practice her math facts with Daddy. Julia wound up in tears of frustration, and just completely melted down despite Ethan's attempts to walk her through the subtraction problems. I can't really understand why Julia was upset. It's not like anything MAJORLY ANNOYING AND DISTRACTING was going on in the adjacent room or anything.
I had to interrupt my dinner cooking at one point, because Madeleine ran into the kitchen, eager to show me something really important.
MADELEINE: Mama! Mama! Do you wanna come and see where I keep all my FLUTES? Come and see where I keep all my flutes Mama! But...I only have ONE flute.
So I went to see where she keeps all her one flutes. It turns out she keeps them on my music stand of flute music:
Anyway, the pennywhistle marathon finally did - thankfully - come to an end, so we were granted a small amount of peace and quiet before the kids had melt-downs over cleaning up the ginormous mess of toys in the living and dining rooms.
And just in case you want a visual of the master artiste and flautist herself, you can see that she chose to actively express her fashion creativity as well this afternoon: